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Worcester Co. Teacher Dies in Potomac River Boating Accident

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COBB ISLAND, Md.- The body of a Worcester County teacher was recovered Monday afternoon from the Potomac River following an apparent boating accident, Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

The NRP said 51-year-old Douglas Romano, of Salisbury, left his house Sunday at around 9 a.m. Romano told his family he would be boating on the river looking for fossils and that he would be home at 9 p.m., officers said.

According to the NRP, Romano's wife contacted authorities around 1 a.m. and reported him missing. The Charles County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police and the NRP then conducted a combined search of the Potomac River, officials said.

Authorities said Romano's vehicle and trailer were found at a marina on Cobb Island. The NRP and the U.S. Coast Guard first searched the water and then searched West Mooreland State Park on the Virginia side of the river, which is at least four miles wide, according to police.

On Sunday, there were wind gusts up to 20 knots, waves about a foot high and a water temperature of 55 degrees, the NRP said.

On Monday, NRP officers saw a small overturned boat about a mile offshore of Mooreland State Park. The Coast Guard recovered the 12-14 foot jon boat, which police said was capsized and missing a motor. The NRP said that at 2:25 p.m. the body was recovered off of the Maryland side of Cobb Island.

According to police, a family member was able to make a positive identification and the body has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

The NRP said Romano was wearing a life jacket and the investigation is ongoing; however, police said there are no indications of foul play.

Romano was a seventh grade teacher at Stephen Decatur Middle School in Worcester County. 

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